im·​pact·​ful | \ im-ˈpakt-fəl, ˈim-ˌpakt-fəl\

Definition of impactful

: having a forceful impact : producing a marked impression impactful song lyrics impactful humanitarian efforts … the visually-impactful long scar on his neck reminds you of the unfortunate incident.— Griselda Flores

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Such an abrupt and impactful change can disrupt your hormonal balance, creating delayed and irregular periods. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "8 Reasons for a Late Period Besides Pregnancy, According to an OB/GYN," 30 Nov. 2018 With the birth of her child, Union will no doubt have even more to say and her candor is sure to be impactful. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Gabrielle Union Introduces the World to Her Daughter With a Powerful Statement on Motherhood," 9 Nov. 2018 Watch how his small but impactful acts have helped perk up New Orleans—and get inspired to do more for your neighborhood! Stacia Affelt, Country Living, "How Anyone Can Make a Difference in Their Local Community," 6 Nov. 2018 The journey of higher education is an incredible, impactful, and pivotal one. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's First Speech on the Royal Tour Centered Around the Importance of Women's Education," 24 Oct. 2018 Some charitable causes are a lot more tractable, and a lot more impactful, than others. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "The problem with Jeff Bezos’s $2 billion gift to charity," 21 Sep. 2018 Whether or not these upcoming eclipses are making a direct hit on your birth chart, eclipses are a powerful, impactful, and significant time for everyone. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Eclipses in 2018 and How They Can Affect Your Life," 16 July 2018 This is Fallen Fighters 101, and the next steps are the worst and most impactful, the most long lasting. Greg Bishop,, "In Search of a Happy Ending to Boxing Career, Manny Pacquiao Is Following a Familiar, Sad Trajectory Instead," 12 July 2018 There's a lot of female-focused startups that are led by women because, above all, the female millennial consumer is incredibly impactful and powerful. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: How Indré Rockefeller, Co-Founder of Paravel, Made Luggage Romantic Again," 19 Sep. 2018

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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